Douglas Hutchison



Douglas HutchisonDouglas graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1980 and joined the veterinary pharmaceutical industry after three years in large animal practice. Starting in the technical department, he honed his business acumen in a variety of commercial roles including sales, marketing and general management. He achieved increasing leadership positions, culminating in his appointment as Managing Director of a venture capital funded biotechnology company in Cambridge.

Following its successful sale to a multinational group, he started his own company, Veterinary Business Development (VBD). This grew to be one of the leading veterinary communication companies in the world, with market leading brands such as Veterinary Times, The Veterinary Business Journal, Vetfile, and the Henston range. VBD was sold to a major Dutch publishing group in 2000.

Since that time, he has invested in a number of early stage companies and sits as a non-executive director or chairman on a number of boards. Some of these are within the veterinary sector, but others are well outside which gives him a breadth of understanding of business beyond the profession itself.

Douglas has always believed in “giving back” and for many years sat on the Development Boards of the University of Glasgow Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, and the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh. In addition he has been a trustee of Vetaid; the Veterinary Surgeons’ Health Support Programme; and the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland.

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2013.


Council Member category

  • Appointed: University of Glasgow, 2015 - 2019


Committee membership

  • Standards Committee

Declaration of interests


  • Chairman, BioMedical Business Partners Ltd
  • Chairman, Biogelx Ltd
  • Non-Executive Director, Hallmarq Veterinary Imaging Ltd
  • Non-Executive Director, IceRobotics Ltd
  • Non-Executive Partner, Odgers Berndtson
  • Chairman, Positive Imprint Ltd
  • Chairman, Virtual Recall Ltd


Chairman, BioMedical Business Partners Ltd holds significant stakes in:

  • Non-Executive Director, Hallmarq Veterinary Imaging Ltd
  • Chairman, Positive Imprint Ltd


  • Commercial consultant, Legal & General's Buddies Pet Insurance business

Appointments to other bodies

Vice President of International Aspirin Foundation

Membership of other veterinary or allied organisations

  • Member, Association of Veterinarians in Industry
  • Life Member, Moredun Foundation
  • Member, Veterinary Benevolent Fund
  • Member, Veterinary Marketing Association


Current roles:

  • Chairman BioMedical Business Partners Ltd Biogelx Ltd Positive Imprint Ltd
  • Non-Executive Director Hallmarq Veterinary Imaging Ltd IceRobotics Ltd Virtual Recall Ltd
  • Non-Executive Partner Odgers Berndtson

Previous Executive roles:

  • Chairman and Founder Veterinary Business Development Ltd
  • Managing Director Biosure Ltd
  • Veterinary Assistant Tuckett, Gray and Partners, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

Previous Non-Executive roles:

  • Non-Executive Director, British Veterinary Association Drummond International GMJ Design Ltd
  • Photique Images Ltd
  • Private Investors’ Group PLC
  • ReConsulting RTC Ltd
  • Veterinary Solutions LLC
  • Vetpulse TV Ltd
  • What’s on Motor Sport Ltd

Qualifications (other than veterinary qualifications listed in the Register)

Interests relating to immediate family or close friends

  • Pippa Hutchison MSc CCAB (wife)
  • Director, Positive Imprint Ltd
  • Executive Director, The International Aspirin Foundation
  • Honorary Research Fellow, University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Honorary Lecturer, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
  • Visiting Professor of Clinical Sciences, Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine

Other relevant information

Accommodation (as spouse) when accompanying my wife on trips to Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine